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Lionel Loueke: "A mistake is just for the moment - make it the best mistake it can be, and that's it" - (JazzTimes, April 2019).

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Today Thursday April 25

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - The Merry Monk, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 12:30pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Eliot Smith Dance: Triple Bill - Newbiggin Maritime Centre, Church Point, Newbiggin by the Sea NE64 6DB. Tel: 01670 811951. 7:30pm. £14.00. (£12.00. concs., £30.00. family). Performance inc Poppy (music composed by Jason Holcomb).

Julija Jaceniate Trio Black Swan, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 8:00pm. £6.00. (£5.00. concs). Jacenaite (vocals), Steve Glendinning (guitar), Paul Grainger (double bass).

Paul Skerritt Band - The Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. Tel: 01325 468411. 8:00pm. Free.

Paul Donnelly Quartet - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free. Tees Hot Club: Dormans Jazz Festival.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Rendezvous Jazz @ Spanish City - July 22

Maureen Hall (vocals); Gavin Lee (clarinet, alto sax); Don Fairley (trombone); Malcolm Armstrong (keyboards); John Robinson (double bass); George Davidson (drums, vocals)
(Review by Russell).
Spanish City, once neglected, has been restored to its former glory. A familiar landmark on Whitley Bay seafront for more than a century, the striking architectural structure officially reopened to the public today. Over the weekend its doors opened to a curious public eager to take a look inside. They queued in their hundreds, possibly thousands, and no one could be other than impressed with the lovingly renovated building.
The sun shone, a fun fair on Whitley Bay Links did good business and the food and drink outlets - coffee shops, fish and chip shops, pubs and restaurants - were doing a roaring trade. Ice cream, anyone?

Outside Spanish City, a back-of-a-lorry stage presented jazz on Saturday afternoon and again on Sunday. Early Sunday (11:00am) Maureen Hall's Rendezvous Jazz entertained a large crowd baking under a scorching sun. Weary Blues featured Gavin Lee's superb clarinet playing, bandleader Hall herself sang Birth of the Blues accompanied by a fine Don Fairley trombone solo. 

Dixie is right up Rendezvous Jazz's street and an instrumental feature - Waiting for the Robert E Lee - made the connection with North Tyneside's Confederate platoon. N'Awlins' brolly dollies responded to Hall's call to parade down South Rampart Street and with the never-ending glorious weather it wasn't such a stretch to imagine Whitley Bay being twinned with the Crescent City.       
Russell.

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